The Benin Monarch, Oba Ewuare ll, has announced plans to set up an academy of art, aimed at reviving the Benin cultural heritage and tourism.
Ewuare ll, who made the announcement Monday night, when he played host to some various theatre troupes in his palace in Benin, said works were near completion at the site of the academy which would be named Benin Royal Academy of Performing Art.
Apart from learning various Benin cultural heritage, which he said was in systematic decay, the monarch disclosed that the academy would also teach Benin proverbs and interpretations of its traditional heritage in rhythms and arts.
He stressed further that the academy would also serve as learning center to all categories of persons, especially the young who were almost veering from the traditional norms of the society.
While reaffirming palace’s support for the use of Benin language for learning at various categories of schools, he announced that reputable individuals who were well grounded in Benin history, culture and heritage would serve as tutors in the proposed academy.
He added that the refurbishment of Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre to an international standard would rake in more revenue for the state government, adding that the palace authority was collaborating with well meaning individuals and stakeholders to project Benin art and culture to the rest of the world.